New Guide Weeds Through Options in Forest Product Purchasing
A new “Guide to the Guides” helps users find and understand the best advice for procuring sustainable forest-based products such as construction materials and paper.
The guide includes a full report detailing the top 10 questions that corporate managers should ask when purchasing forest-based products, references to resources for help, a shorter overview report, and a Web site with a spreadsheet tool. It was released by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
The Guide to the Guides can help managers define and implement purchasing policies for the entire range of forest-based products, from wood products like construction materials and furniture to paper products like packaging, tissue paper and countless other products.
It details topics such as forest certification, legality, environmental friendliness, social impacts, and recycled-content percentages, and directs managers to advice on tracing their supply chains, implementing monitoring processes and many other issues.
The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 28,000 square miles of forest – the approximate size of Ireland – were converted to other land uses each year between 2000 and 2005. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment found that 54 countries have lost 90 percent or more of their forest cover.